Miami, FL – (February 12, 2004) – Sail America announced the 11th annual 2004 John Southam Award Winners for Excellence in Sailing Communications this morning at the Miami International Boat Show Press Breakfast. Marketing Committee Chair Sally Helme, who also serves as the publisher of Cruising World and Sailing World Magazines, presented the John Southam Award and $1,000 to HCP & Associates for sailing into first place in the electronic media category. Clearwater Community Sailing Center (www.clearwatersailing.org) competed with over 160 Web site submissions nationwide.
HCP worked closely with Sheraton Sand Key Resort’s General Manager Russ Kimball to provide a new Web presence for the Clearwater Community Sailing Center. The renovation cost of the Web site was provided pro bono by the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. The $1,000 will be donated to the Clearwater Community Sailing Center by HCP & Associates.
Clearwater Community Sailing Center Board Member Joe Calio was estatic about the news. “We are grateful for the donation by the Sheraton Sand Key Resort and for the creativity and ingenuity of Hill, Coniglio, Polins& Associates. We feel this award will generate the type of attention and activity we need to really get our community involved in such a beautiful family sailing center,” Calio said.
The Southam Award was established in 1993 in honor of John Southam, former publisher of Cruising World and Sailing World Magazines. The winner of the award receives a handsome trophy and $5,000; category winners receive a certificate and $1,000.
Strictly Sail Miami, the Southeast’s premier all-sailboat show and part of the Miami International Boat Show, attracts attendees from around the world. Held at the famous Miamarina at Bayside, it offers enthusiasts an opportunity to view and test-sail the latest mono- and multi-hull sailboats.
There’s gear galore and accessories from all over the globe. The site offers deepwater access to sailboats of all sizes, comfortable facilities and the Bayside Marketplace, which is host to more than 100 restaurants, stores and activities.